Doll Play Day 10 – Play Hopscotch

Day 10 of 100 Days of Doll Play Hopscotch

The game of hopscotch is one of the oldest games documented throughout history and is still played today. It is thought to have originated during the Roman Empire as a training activity for soldiers dressed in their armor to practice their footwork. Over the years it has been played by people of all ages and part of its appeal is that you can play hopscotch anywhere. It is highly likely that all of your favorite American Girl historical characters played hopscotch at some point!

Dolls Playing Hopscotch

For today’s activity have your dolls play hopscotch! It’s super easy to set up, easy to play and dolls of all sizes can play together. Using the printable below, I cut out pieces of construction paper and numbered them 1-10. I arranged them on the floor in the layout I wanted and put a small piece of tape on the back of each piece to keep it from slipping. The dolls used beads as their markers. In this photo we have Chrissa, Callie (MyAG 39) and Nicki.

Dolls Playing Hopscotch

Day 10 of 100 Days of Doll Play Hopscotch Creating a hopscotch board for your dolls is super easy, but just in case you don’t have construction paper or chalk, today’s printable can be printed out a few times to give you enough pieces to set up a hopscotch board for your dolls in minutes. You can play the game inside or outside, too.

Download the Day 10 Hopscotch printable page as a PDF file.

Do you know how to play? According to Wikipedia, the rules for hopscotch are as follows:

The first player tosses the marker (typically a stone, coin or bean bag) into the first square. The marker must land completely within the designated square and without touching a line or bouncing out. The player then hops through the course, skipping the square with the marker in it. Single squares must be hopped on one foot. For the first single square, either foot may be used. Side by side squares are straddled, with the left foot landing in the left square, and the right foot landing in the right square. Optional squares marked “Safe”, “Home”, or “Rest” are neutral squares, and may be hopped through in any manner without penalty. After hopping into the “Safe”, “Home”, or “Rest” the player must then turn around and return through the course (square 9, then squares 7 & 8, next square 6 and so forth) on one or two legs depending on the square until he or she reaches the square with their marker. They then must retrieve their marker and continue the course as stated without touching a line or stepping into a square with another player’s marker.

Upon successfully completing the sequence, the player continues the turn by tossing the marker into square number two, and repeating the pattern.

If while hopping through the court in either direction the player steps on a line, misses a square, or loses balance, the turn ends. Players begin their turns where they last left off. The first player to complete one course for every numbered square on the court wins the game.


hopscotch layouts

Above we have some sample hopscotch layouts from Super Activities and another great explanation for hopscotch is “How to Play Hopscotch” by Diane Corriette.

Have  a great doll day!

From aglover: Josefina went outside to play hopscotch she got the idea from 100 days of doll play.

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  1. too awesome char and firstie!!!

  2. qtlol10 says:

    Secondie and im totally making this!

  3. Too cute!

  4. Lindsey says:

    SSSSSOOOO CUTE ! Char, will you have any new articles about making gymnastics stuff for AG dolls anytime soon ?

  5. Lindsey – I do have more gymnastics activities planned.

  6. OMG! This is just too cute!

  7. adorable! I love 100 days of doll play

  8. Cute!

  9. There’s another version of hopscotch that I used to play w/ my kids when I was an after-school teacher, called “Snail Hopsotch” Here’s how you play:

    1) Beginning from the center, draw a large spiral on the ground w/ chalk, making sure the spaces in between the lines are big enough for someone to stand in between w/o touching them.

    2) As evenly as you can make squares in the spiral by drawing lines horizontally across the spiral, that are big enough for someone to stand in them w/o touching the lines.

    3) In every 4th square, write the word REST.

    4) Start on the square at the tail end of your snail. The object is to hop on one foot on the squares NOT marked REST (and 2 feet on the squares marked REST) all the way to the center, and all the way back to the tail w/o touching the lines. Once you’ve done that, pick any square you want and write your name in it. This is YOUR PERSONAL REST POINT. No other players in the game can rest on that spot. Every time you complete the snail w/o touching the lines, write your name in a square. The person who has their names the most times in the snail is the winner!

    This is a LOT of fun to play. I know when it used to be my turn to be the yard teacher, my kids would beg me to draw the snail for this game. Try it yourself and have fun!

  10. did you rename calista callie, or is that a nickname

  11. For some reason this reminds me of the hopscotch hill dolls ag used to make :) its ver cute to! 😉

  12. Cute!

  13. what is hopscotch hill???????????????????????????????????

  14. Where did you get Callie’s capris?

  15. Hopscotch Hill is a retired line of poseable dolls that AG sold.

  16. They are from a retired AG outfit

  17. Abigail says:

    This inspired me to make a video of my dolls playing hopscotch yesterday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. You are so welcome Abigail!

  19. Hi Char!

  20. I just felt like saying Hi!